What a beautiful Sunday we had. Basically the definition of “a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” Sunshine X shopping X good food X Harry Potter = V happy gal.
We hopped in the car early and ventured through a sun drenched, quiet London town, heading north to the O2 Centre in Finchley. No traffic, nada. It was the DREAM.
We arrived early, so naturally found Soho Coffee for a cheeky flat white, as ya do on a Sunday morning.
We browsed book shops, did a mini shop in Sainos and ogled over the many gems in Oliver Bonas. I could buy everything. After a mooch, we were ready to get our shop on in Habitat.
This dreamboat of a shop has been a fave of mine for YEARS. My mumma’s house has always been decked out with Habitat, so I was so excited to get my mits on some new pieces.
We were focusing on our kitchen (that we are redecorating soon, YAAAS) and chose a blue / grey theme with a few pops of colour. There is just SO many beautiful things to choose, we compared, discussed and deliberated for bladdy aaages (with the help of many shop assistants hehe).
I was surprised at a few of our purchases i.e faux flowers (faux always sounds better than fake lolz) but actually, I really love ‘em. Pretty little addition to the kitchen and they will last fo’life. AND they won’t give Matt hayfever, winner ay?
P.S I chat through aaall of the goods we picked up on my vlog below hehe (towards the end of the vlog).
With the glorious new kitchen additions, I felt we (ahem, Matt) needed to cook something delish as an excuse to use ‘em.
We haven’t actually got a name for this creation just yet. It is just a one pot wonder of cheesy, creeeeamy goodness with a whole bunch of thyme, garlic, mushrooms, butternut squash… OFFTTT BABY it is just so damn good.
Here is the recipe if you fancy giving it a go (I suggest you do). It is a little autumnal too, a bit premature still buuuut y’know, keep it in mind for those autumnal weekends when you fancy something comforting.
For six servings (2 plus lunch each for two days, GET IN son)
1 large butternut squash
Olive oil, salt & pepper
A large handful of fresh thyme
1 garlic bulb
2 large white onions
1 bay leaf
Two variations of mushrooms (we chose one punnet of regular and one of buttons)
White wine (whichever tickles your pickle)
Light creme fraiche – or proper cream if you are feeling extra indulgent
2 eggs (optional)
A slab of gruyere cheese
Pitta breads for dipping
First things first, get your butternut squash peeled, chopped with a glug of olive oil, salt, pepper, five whole garlic cloves and a few sprigs of thyme. Chuck it all on a baking tray and in the oven to roast.
Add finely chopped onions, remaining garlic cloves and fresh thyme to a heavy base pan with olive oil. Sweat ’em out (ugh HATE that term lol) until they are softened. Make sure you keep it on a V low heat to avoid any burning.
Add in your chopped mushrooms and sautée for five minutes with the lid on.
Pour in a large glass of white wine (pour one for yourself too teehee). Let the wine do its thaaang for a further five minutes.
Spoon in the entire tub of creme fraiche, stir and then leave to simmer until thickened ( about 15 – 20 mins).
Add in your roasted butternut squash, stir and simmer for a further few minutes.
Now transfer into your oven dish and crack in your eggs (if you would like). Then, add aaaall your grated gruyere and stick the dish into the (already) hot oven until the eggs are cooked and cheese is melted. (ultimate food porn of this whole process in the vlog FYI).
Take out the dish and sprinkle over your fresh chives.
Toast two bits of pitta each. Pour another glass of wine and serve.
I cannot tell ya how DELISH it tastes, and looks EVEN more dreamy on our lovely new kitchen additions. Warmed up for lunch the next day was pretty special too!
Are you a one pot wonder kinda gal? Where are your fave places to shop for interiors? So many questions!
This post is in collaboration with The O2 Centre, but love for shopping, interiors and melted cheese is all my own.